Friday, October 19, 2007

The Pelosi Front just about to open in the place we can afford it the least:

The Turkish parliament Wednesday authorized cross-border military operations into northern Iraq to combat Kurdish separatist rebels as world leaders implored Turkey to delay any action.

In the hours before the parliament voted by a gaping margin of 507-19 to give Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan permission to launch strikes any time over the next year, Iraqi and NATO officials made a flurry of cautionary, last-minute telephone calls to the country's top leaders.

The vote came just moments after President Bush in a White House press conference urged Turkey to continue talking to Iraq officials about the situation and to not move troops against the rebels.

"We are making it very clear to Turkey that we don't think it is in their interests to send troops into Iraq," Bush told reporters. " . . . There's a better way to deal with the issue than having the Turks send massive troops into the country."

I think the President meant "massive NUMBERS OF troops" rather than corpulent Turks or cloned Nephilim. Though the latter would at least provide some gallows entertainment to what would be a disastrous spectacle.

The Admiral gives the tale of the terrible tape:
If the Turks invade the territory, we will have three choices, all of them bad. We could defend the Kurds, which means war with the only Middle Eastern Muslim democracy and a distraction from stabilizing Iraq and containing Iran. We could sit on our hands and alienate the Iraqi Kurds, who won't be able to defend themselves, while the entire north dissolves into guerilla warfare. We could stand between the two groups and try to defend a DMZ, and get our collective asses shot off. That's all of the possibilities, and none of them sound too appetizing.
A bit later he projects the probable strategic consequences:
[A] Turkish invasion would likely be followed by Syrian and Iranian incursions into Iraq as well, although the US might take either as enough provocation to conduct military attacks on both capitals. The Iranians have already begun shelling PKK sites along the border.
If the Iranians and Syrians took this bait, that would provide a priceless opportunity to deal a crippling blow to the two unengaged "terror masters". However, if they were shrewd - and given the track record of Western policy vis-a-vie the mullahgarchy, it wouldn't take much - they would sit back and watch as all the accomplishments of the "Surge" in pacifying the hot spots in Iraq unraveled in the face of the Turkish onslaught, exploit the renewed chaos in the north of the country as they did throughout 2006 after the Golden Dome mosque bombing twenty-one months ago, and wait for the inevitable American withdrawal as remaining public support for the war effort collapsed.

THEN they would invade and carve up Iraq, followed by Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf emirates, and of course, obliterate Israel. All with President Rodham's blessing.

And all because Nancy Pelosi belatedly found a few brain cells to rub together.

Even if her exercise in historical illiteracy and diplomatic bird-flipping is suffering the legislative equivalent of flash-decomposition, its true purpose - finnagling the surrender of the Middle East to Iran and al Qaeda - is being accomplished.

Only question is how soon.